30A South Walton savor 5th Annual ‘Savor the Season’ Event at Caliza   Nov 6The 5th Annual Savor the Season event, benefiting the Taylor Haugen Foundation, will be held on Thursday, November 6th, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Caliza Pool and Restaurant in Alys Beach. 

The Taylor Haugen Foundation provides support and recognition to faith-based, athletic students and community organizations through awards, scholarships and funding.

National recording artist Michael J. Thomas will provide live entertainment. There will also be wine tastings, silent and live auctions, and delicious gourmet cuisine made by the finest local chefs from Panama City to Destin.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online.

For more info, visit Savor the Season or email.

30A South Walton DSC 9261 1024x682 Seaside to Host 24th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival: Nov 6 9

As the air turns crisp and cool, wine enthusiasts gather in Seaside each year to sample wines from around the globe, as the award-winning town hosts its 24th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival November 6-9.

The Saturday Grand Tasting event allows guests to stroll through tasting areas to sample more than 250 kinds of wines and a variety of spirits and craft beers while enjoying music, southern hospitality and cool autumn air at the beach. Each event and tasting area features live music, food samplings and served wines will be available for purchase on site at the retail tent.

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Gulf Place on 30A30A South Walton unnamed 3 Celebrate Fall with an Exciting Line up of Events at Gulf Place invites the community to join in several events this fall. The frightfully spooktacular events guarantee a whole lot of fun this season.

The Witches of South Walton will take flight on their 11th annual ride down 30A from Gulf Place to Butler Elementary on Friday, October 31, at 7:00 a.m.

The Witches of South Walton is a group of women founded by Carol Stafford and Le Thompson dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The fundraising ride began with just a few friends and has grown over the years to include a pre-ride party and a post-ride breakfast with an exciting raffle featuring items from local businesses.

Prior to the race the witches will enjoy their morning coffee at Sunrise Coffee Company at Gulf Place. Then they will ride west along Scenic Highway 30A about 2.2 miles to Butler Elementary to greet children before school begins. Following the ride the witches will reconvene at La Playa in Gulf Place for a celebratory breakfast and mimosas. The YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place will provide free bike rentals to any witch needing a bike for the ride. Continue Reading…

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30A South Walton unnamed 23 Bring Home Buffy, Alaquas Pet of the Week

Buffy

This sweet girl is an Alaqua Animal Refuge favorite. She has been at the refuge for seven months and is so ready to find a home. Let’s hear it from Buffy:

My name is Buffy. I’m about 2 1/2 years old, and I have a secret. Try to keep this just between us, okay? I am secretly taking applications for a forever home. Yep, that’s right. I would rather the folks at Alaqua not know this, because it might hurt their feelings, as they have been so kind to me.

You see, I came to Alaqua Animal Refuge this summer with a belly full of babies. Not only did Alaqua help me with their births, but they spayed and neutered all of my puppies, so they wouldn’t suffer like me and wind up homeless and helpless. My puppies all found wonderful homes, thanks to the people at Alaqua, but that’s not all. They spayed me, so I wouldn’t have any more babies, got me up-to-date on my shots, and microchipped me so I would never get lost again. I also had heart worms, so they treated me for that. The volunteers and staff would sit with me during my treatment and give me love and comfort. Now, I am a healthy and happy dog.

They tell me I am super smart, as I follow commands easily. I am selective in my friendships, I will admit, but it’s because I am reserved. I am very friendly though, I walk on a leash like a show dog and I always keep my kennel tidy. My coat is easy to care for. Just wash, let me shake, and that’s it – instant beauty!

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30A South Walton unnamed 4 Highlands House to Host Paella Party Casa De Highlands   Nov 15Highlands House is offering its patrons a slice of Spain during their special Paella Party Casa De Highlands dinner event on Saturday, November 15 from 4-9 pm.

Chef Juan Ten — who is flying in from Valencia, the birthplace of paella — and Highlands House’s Chef Keven Purdy are preparing a special culinary adventure, complete with Flamenco Music, Tapas, Spanish Wine Flight and Paella Dishes.

Guests can sample three scrumptious varieties of paella, including the Mixta, which is a seafood paella, Paella Vegetal, a vegetarian paella cooked with local greens and beans, and Valencia, the original paella from Valencia, cooked with rabbit, chicken and veggies and seasoned with Spanish condiments.

To buy tickets, email Highlands House or call 850-267-8118.

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30A South Walton unnamed 22 1024x422 Klear Kanoos    Klearly the Next Big Thing Along The Emerald Coast

“It’s like scuba diving without the wet suits and tanks.” –Vicki Baker, Klear Kanoo enthusiast.

Klear Kanoo which debuted its original transparent canoe last summer, is releasing an updated version this season. The new Klear Kanoo has shed its original aluminum frame, is equipped with two clear seats, and comes with two clear paddles. With no visible boundary between you and the world below, this craft is ideal for fishermen.

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30A South Walton Mountain Film WaterColor Offering Special Vacation Packages for MountainFilm Fest

Thousands of moviegoers will flock to WaterColor Resort November 7-8 for a unique beachside event that has become a fall tradition – the MountainFilm Festival.

For the fourteenth year, the outdoor film festival is headed to Northwest Florida to screen an array of independent films in a gorgeous park setting overlooking one of the area’s rare coastal dune lakes. The festival, based in Telluride, Colorado, goes on tour every year with a selection of its visually appealing and often thought-provoking films, and moviegoers keep coming back for more.

To fully immerse in the experience, those who stay at WaterColor Inn & Resort during MountainFilm on Tour can take advantage of a festival lodging package, which includes two nights in a beachfront guest room at WaterColor Inn, as well as two complimentary tickets to both nights of the event, for $325 per night.

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30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage 1 30A Songwriters Festival Line up Announced

From L to R: Graham Nash, Indigo Girls and Jason Isbell

The 30A Songwriters Festival has announced the initial line-up for its 6th annual celebration to be held January 16-18, 2015.

The festival will feature performances by esteemed artists Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Also confirmed are Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare Jr., Steve Poltz, Angaleena Presley, Over the Rhine, Jesse Harris, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, Ellis Paul, Allison Moorer, Deana Carter and Peter Karp & Sue Foley.

Graham Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (with The Hollies in 2010 and with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997) as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. Simply put, he is one of music’s most legendary singer-songwriters and vocal harmony singers (and a renowned photographer and leading activist).

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